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Men into Space: Is There Another Civilization?

A piece of manufactured metal from a debris cluster strikes a spaceship as it returns to Earth, and McCauley is assigned to go up and recover more specimens. However, meanwhile the three members of the original crew die one by one in mysterious accidents.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x24
Airdate: Wednesday March 23rd, 1960

Guest Stars
Joyce TaylorJoyce Taylor
As Mary McCauley
Tyler McVeyTyler McVey
As Major General Norgath
Paul CarrPaul Carr
As Captain Swanson
John ComptonJohn Compton
As Major Summers
John BryantJohn Bryant
As Major John Bowers
Joe Flynn (1)Joe Flynn (1)
As Carey Stoddart
Mike RayhillMike Rayhill
As Major Al Lewisham
David BedellDavid Bedell
As Major Johnny Ferrell
Howard VannHoward Vann
As Major Dolan
Main Cast
William LundiganWilliam Lundigan
As Col. Edward McCauley


Spaceship M-13 is heading home from a deep-space probe. The three-man crew checks in with McCauley, who tells them that they have a press conference after they return. Once they end communications, the crew spots an approaching meteor storm. Major Summers applies full power to try to clear the cluster, but one meteor strikes their ship. Johnny Ferrell and Al Lewisham confirm that everything is working normally. McCauley checks in to warn them not to attempt re-entry while they are off-course and Summers explains the situation and requests new data...

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Episode Quotes
Narrator: Man has gazed at the stars and wondered if there might be life on one of those distant worlds. Someday when Man travels across the vast oceans of space, he may discover an answer to his question, “Is there another civilization?”

Mary McCauley: Well, what was the accident?
McCauley: Nothing serious. We’re investigating.
Mary McCauley: I am not prying. Now tell me. Are Major Summers and his crew all right?
McCauley: I think without any shadow of the doubt that you are the prettiest subversive agent that I know.

McCauley: You know, I can’t wait to make a fool out of him by bringing back a piece of that derelict and having it properly identified.
Mary McCauley: I hope you won’t have too much identifying my dinner.
Captain Swanson: Roast beef.
McCauley: Well, shall we confirm the identification?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChesley Bonestell
Executive ProducerIvan Tors  |  Maurice Ziv
ProducerLewis J. Rachmil
Associate ProducerMel Epstein
Music EditorMilton Lustig
Set DecoratorCharles Thompson
Director of PhotographyWilliam P. Whitley
Story EditorRobert Warnes Leach
Art DirectorRobert Kinoshita
Production ManagementJoe Wonder
Sound EditorSidney Sutherland
Special EffectsThol Simonson
Main Title ThemeDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorJoseph Silver
WardrobeSeth Banks
Assistant DirectorDale Hutchinson
Technical AdvisorM.C. Spaulding  |  Maxwell Smith (2)
Makeup ArtistGene Bartlett  |  George Gray (2)
Audio SupervisorAl Lincoln
Special Photographic EffectsLouis Dewitt
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